Selva Grill Downtown Sarasota

4.8
3778 Reviews
$31 to $50
Latin / Spanish
Selva offers innovative, intricately prepared dishes, plated and presented as works of art. Selva has earned raves from all
over the world, including from the New York Times, which write that Selva is “serving possibly the best food in Sarasota,”
and that “everything on the menu is worth trying.”

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is a true culinary experience. The flavors sing . We started the night out with the Lobster tostadas , ceviche, and scallops . Wow ! The tostadas we could eat everyday the lobster was beautifully dressed, the puree that came with the scallops had a beautiful note of citrus, and the ceviche was a true ceviche.
My husband ordered the sea bass and I had our server Michael surprise me with an entree. My entree was the malbec short ribs . Each entree was flavorful and perfectly cooked . For dessert we had the key lime what a burst of flavor !! One of our favorite spots every time we visit Sarasota!!

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bustravlr
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Whole Red Snapper was spectacular while the Paella was a bit pasty. Not lite and fluffy but very delicious. Also the French Chardonnay by the glass was very good and they give you a decent pour.

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vipFatjimmie
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We usually eat at Selva's several times a year. Because of Covid it has been longer than usual. The food and service were as good as ever. The ribeye steak was one of the best we have ever eaten and the salads were great. Also, we sat outside and felt plenty safe with the arrangement, although it looked like inside would have been acceptable too.

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vipMariaT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s one of my favorite restaurants! Love the food, ambiance and best service with the friendliest staff! A 10

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vipFoodGuru
Miami
46 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Dynamite food in lively trendy setting.

Artistic presentation.

Service was fair.

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vipNanbud
St. Louis
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience1

The restaurant was overcrowded with people who had to scream to be heard. The noise level was unbearable. We almost left after 5 minutes but our server moved us to the back room which was a bit quieter. During this pandemic there should have been fewer people. We will not return

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FLmillennial
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was the second time I ate at Selva. We were seated indoors and it was quite loud, which made it hard for my parents and partially-deaf brother to hear, but there was good people-watching. The service was excellent as were the drinks! The food has been hit-or-miss. I really loved the beef short ribs, the Chilean sea bass, and the paella. My dad was disappointed by the lamb and the duck was fine, but not spectacular. I would come here again! It makes for a nice night out or special occasion.

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KaleighP
Naples
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, Great staff, Quick service. Food is a piece of art.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, ambient quite and relaxed even for a Friday night.

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vipMagater
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The beauty of the building where the restaurant is located cannot be ignored. There is a sophisticated elegance and relaxed ambiance as soon as you walk in. Service is excellent. Food and drinks were amazing. The Bloody Mary flight is a must as well as the French toast with creme brûlée. Thank you for the wonderful culinary experience. Highly recommended.

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vipDavidG
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice outside tables. Friendly place good location.

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ColBuckshot
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was excellent food, fairly wide menu, very good service, nice atmosphere

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DalrympleS
Western NC
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal was wonderful! Everything was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visit with old friends.

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vipsashafoodie
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was very crowded, we were on the outside terrace which was great, only and we didn’t get our drinks until after our appetizer came. Also, I had to ask for bread as I saw everyone else had some on their table, and pp. that sat down after us were being served bread. Other than that the food was delicious, and our waiter Yann was delightful! He did his best to serve us quickly, even though he had tables inside, as well.

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Dand
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The place is always great. Service is also good and really nice wine list.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wife’s birthday

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great menu. Service a bit slow tonight. Long wait between courses.
Ceviche always fresh.

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MarcelaT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Sarasota! Exceptional food and service every time. Warm highly professional service staff and top notch chefs make this place perfect for entertaining friends or enjoying a celebration meal. We love Selva and keep returning for their fantastic food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a wonderful waiter who recommended his favourites. Every one of them was delicious!!

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Daniel
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice. Went here for a date night with my girlfriend. The server was prompt, and friendly. The food was amazing, filling, and beautifully displayed.

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DaveM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good, pricy but excellent food

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and the food was amazing!

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RodieB
London
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! As a vegetarian, I was stuffed!! This is a must dine!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Great wait staff. Loved the outdoor atmosphere.

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vipJim1
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We discovered Selva 20 years ago! Most consistent
restaurant in Sarasota!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the food and the service

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vipKurtM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, staff, and ambiance. The prices are quite fair, too. We will return.

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vipMicaPuppy
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and the food were outstanding. This was our favorite restaurant during our vacation.

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jrhh
Mexico City
13 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner !!!

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TRDeBose
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are fortunate to travel the world and eat at some very amazing places and Selva is always our first choice in the area, introducing many to this incredible little spot. The wild ceviche is astounding, short rib spring rolls an absolute must and just like any establishment worth their weight, trust the chef for the special and enjoy.

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Yummy
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

They really went the extra mile since we let them know we were celebrating our anniversary. There was a Happy Anniversary sign at the table, and they surprised us with a delicious mouse dessert which was beautifully presented on a large plate that had Happy Anniversary written in chocolate.
I let them know there my martini was too dirty (too much olive juice), so they didn't charge us for it. They really go the extra mile to please their customers.

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AllieC
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

The ceviche was amazing. The tuna was okay...had more of an Asian flare rather than Peruvian. Good strip steak , just really big. Unfortunately, the service was less than stellar. A member of our party ordered a glass of Pinot Noir. Unfortunately, it must have been opened for a while because it had turned. When he told the server the server was unapologetic and told the party that “we open so many bottles a day, I assure you that it is not bad.” So I tried it...it was obvious it had turned and tasted like old vinegar. For the future...When a customer tells a server that the wine had turned, believe the customer! Instead of defending yourself, open a new bottle in front of the customer.

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vipReadySoonUs
Cincinnati
61 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service were top notch. Outside tables can be a bit noisy with Main St traffic, but we would do it again. The one negative is wine prices by the glass are in the gouge range...$15 for a glass of house red wine that can be bought by the bottle at retail for $12.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply said: WONDERFULLY !
We spent seven nights in the area. Out for dinner each night at all the locally rated places. Your restaurant by far was the best.

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vipTrudy
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ceviche was amazing!! Seabass was awesome!! Waitress was great!! I love this place and the food!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Over the top service, quality of food and presentation was excellent! Great wine selection and best drinks in town!! Extra touch of Birthday Plaque on table and birthday dessert amazing!! I’ve showed photos and recommend to my golf group as a must experience! Excited to dine at your new restaurant at UTC! Best wishes!! Thank You so very much!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal great service. This restaurant is one of my favorites worldwide.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and atmosphere.

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Selva Grill Downtown Sarasota is rated 4.8 stars by 3778 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.